British Novelists And Their Styles; Being A Critical Sketch Of The History Of British Prose Fiction

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byDavid Masson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...in 1789; Robert Bage, the Quaker, four of whose novels (now little read, but deemed worthy of republication by Scott in Ballantyne's Collection of British Novelists) appeared before 1789; and Dr. John Moore, of Glasgow (the father of Sir John Moore, and the friend and biographer of Smollett), whose novel of Zeluco was published in 1786. But though all of these were writers of talent, and though some of their novels might deserve separate recognition on account of peculiarities that might be detected in them, they may all be considered--so far, at least, as I am acquainted with them--as having adopted the manner of some one or other of their recent predecessors. Johnstone is represented as a kind of composition of Smollett and Le Sage, with a more coarse and bitter spirit of satire than is found in either; Mackenzie has a general resemblance to Sterne; Miss Reeve's Old English Baron was a professed imitation of Walpole's Castle of Otranto; and so with the rest. It is not till about or a little after the year 1789, that we see a new order of novelists arising; of whom we are to take account in our next lecture. Meanwhile, let us bear in mind the fact that the British novel-writing of the eighteenth century had done much not only to enrich our prose-literature and to exercise our prose-faculty at home, but also to increase our reputation and our intellectual influence abroad. Till the times of Defoe and Richardson, we had been, in the article of Novels and Romances, if not in prose literature generally, an importing rather than an exporting nation; but our novelists of the eighteenth century turned the current the other way, and since then we have exported rather than imported. During Goethe's youth, all educated persons on the Continent were...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...in 1789; Robert Bage, the Quaker, four of whose novels (now little read, but deemed worthy of republication by Scott in...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217449379

ISBN - 13:9780217449373

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